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Teen who confessed to killing best friend to be charged Tuesday

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A local teen who confessed to accidentally shooting and killing his friend New Year's Day, will be formally charged Tuesday.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton may charge the 16-year-old as an adult, which means stiffer penalties.  He's already been charged as a juvenile.

The teen publicly confessed last week to accidentally shooting his best friend, 15-year-old Gianni Herron inside a home on North Chevrolet Avenue in Flint.

The 16-year-old suspect made a public apology, and explained his claim of what really happened.

"I'm sorry for shooting him. I didn't try to, it was an accident," said the teen suspect between gasps.

He confessed to being the one who shot and killed his 15-year-old best friend while playing around with guns. He claims it was an accident and came clean before turning himself in. Behind him were prominent Flint pastors, including his own pastor, Robert McCathern.

"He wanted to come clean in terms of his involvement and what happened, he was very remorseful," McCathern said.

The teen's confession was first heard by the man who knew him all too well - the man who baptized him.

"He didn't want to live with the situation, so he contacted me - he and the family - and we talked about what was best," McCathern said.

The pastor said the teen told him he wanted to do the right thing. He then called his close friend, pastor Jeff Hawkins, to sit in.

"We knew that we had to contact authorities, so I immediately called [Flint police Chief Alvern Lock], told chief what had happened," said Hawkins.

But before the suspect turned himself in, he made a plea to others in the city.

"Everybody should turn in their guns," the suspect said. 

As far as the suspect's future, investigators are still trying to piece together some things in this case. For one, police found three guns in the basement where the two teens were, but they aren't releasing how the teens got the weapons.

Stay with WNEM for updates as soon as they become available.

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